Dr. Mark Urken, MD

Dr. Mark Urken, MD

Head & Neck Surgical Oncology  |  
Male  |  
Age 62
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Dr. Mark Urken, MD is a head & neck surgical oncology doctor who practices in New York, NY. He is 62 years old and has been practicing for 36 years. Read his story

10 Union Sq E # 5B

New York, NY 10003

Contact Information

(212) 844-8775

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • CareSource
  • Community Health Choice
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Husky Health
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Thyroid Lobectomy
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more than 99% of peers
Tracheal Surgery
very high
more than 99% of peers
Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Urken's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Urken "Dr Mark Urken received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine after graduating summa cum laude from Williams College. Trained in Otolaryngology head & neck surgery and fellowship trained in microsurgery, Dr Urken was promoted to the rank of Professor in 1994 and served as Chairman of the Dept of Otolaryngology at Mt Sinai from 1995-2004. He is currently Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai and co-director of the Institute of Head and Neck and Thyroid Cancer. He has published over 250 articles, 25 chapters on topics in head and neck as well as thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and 3 textbooks on head and neck reconstruction. Since 2015, Dr Urken has published 46 articles in peer reviewed journals. In addition, he is the founder and medical director of the Thanc foundation. He has developed the Thyroid Cancer Care Collaborative, which is a relational database and disease management tool with over 2000 patients entered and endorsed by AACE and the ATA. He has lectured throughout the world on topics related to head and neck cancer, head and neck reconstruction, thyroid cancer and thyroid surgery. Dr Urken and his multidisciplinary team of dedicated clinicians are internationally renowned for their expertise, innovation, and compassionate care. Patients travel from all portions of the world to seek his care for some of the most challenging clinical problems related to the head and neck. "


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Urken "To provide expert and compassionate care for patients with benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck and thyroid gland. To expose patients to a renowned and dedicated team of clinicians from radiation oncology, medical oncology,radiology, pathology, cytology, speech and swallowing therapy, endocrinology who form a unique multidisciplinary group dedicated to providing the highest quality of patient care."


  • Head & Neck Surgical Oncology
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
  • Plastic Surgery-Head & Neck

Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*

Conditions Treated

  • Acute Sinusitis
  • All Lymphoma
  • Anemia
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Tumor
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Blood Disorders
  • Bone Cancer
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Cancer
  • Coagulation Disorders (incl. Hemophilia)
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Diabetes With Renal Manifestations
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis
  • Dysphagia
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Facial Skin Cancer
  • Goiter
  • Graves' Disease
  • Gum Cancer
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Hashimoto's Disease
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Hodgkin's Disease
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hypercoagulable State
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Leukocytosis
  • Loss of Smell and-or Taste
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Malignant Bone Cancer of the Skull, Face, and Jaw
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Melanoma
  • Meningiomas
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Neutropenia
  • Nodular Lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Oral Cancer
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Overweight
  • Pancytopenia
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Parathyroid Cancer
  • Pediatric Head and Neck Masses
  • Pharyngitis
  • Polycythemia Rubra Vera
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Primary Hypercoagulable State (incl. Factor V Leiden Disease)
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Reticulosarcoma
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Sinus Cancer
  • Skin Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma of Head, Face, and Neck
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Testicular Dysfunction
  • Thalassemia
  • Throat Cancer (Hypopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Nasopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Oropharyngeal)
  • Thrombocytosis
  • Thymomas
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Cyst
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Urinary Disorders
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Uterine Diseases
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Cord Polyp


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  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Caldwell-Luc Procedure
  • Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
  • Cleft Palate Repair (Palatoplasty)
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy
  • ENT Surgery
  • Excision of Facial Bone
  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
  • Excision or Destruction of Dentoalveolar Lesion or Tumor
  • Excision or Destruction of Palate or Uvula Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Pharynx Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Facial Nerve Repair
  • Glossectomy
  • Head and Neck Reconstruction Surgery
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Jaw Reconstruction Surgery
  • Laryngectomy and Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Lip, Excision or Resection
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Lymph Node Resection
  • Microvascular Head and Neck Reconstructive Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Parathyrodectomy
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tracheal Reconstruction
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Williams College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1977
  • University of Virginia / Main Campus
    Medical School | Graduated 1981
  • St Elizabeths Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1983
  • Mt Sinai Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1986
  • Mercy Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1987

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Annual Meeting, 1994
  • The Helmuth Goepfert visiting lecturer, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, MD Anderson Center, Feb 2011
  • Who’s Who in Medicine & Healthcare Third Edition, Marquis Who’s Who, 1999-2011
  • Presidential Citation, American Head & Neck Society, 2003
  • Best Doctors in America, 2000-2012
  • Cambridge Who’s Who, 2007-2011
  • Phi Beta Kappa - Williams College, 1976
  • Lester Gabrilove Award, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 1999
  • Summa Cum Laude - Williams College, 1977
  • Top Doctor – The Best Doctors in New York, New York Magazine, 1995-2011
  • Best Cancer Doctors in America, 2006,2008,
Media & Publications

Dr. Urken has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Urken's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Urken to family and friends
based on 38 total reviews (5 with comments)
Dr. Urken's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    31 to 45 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
in Central Islip, NY |
Was recommended to Dr Urken by a family Endocrinologist after explaining my biopsy results. Scheduled an appointment with Dr Urken in NYC. He took his time explaining my condition and provided me with my options. I elected to have surgery in late Feb 2017. He successfully removed my left thyroid as a ambulatory patient at Beth Israel hospital. I had minimal pain after surgery and my scare is barely visible! Dr Urken expects a full recovery. Dr Urken is a caring and compassionate person/surgeon!
New York, NY |
Dr. Urken is a fabulous surgeon who performed my complicated thyroid surgery. My recovery was remarkable, no side effects, and I was feeling fine and off meds within a week and one half. Because of my unusual condition, I had been to many doctors in NYC before choosing Dr. Urken. Thrilled that I chose him.
3 hours wait to see him and he's ignoring the situation and schmoozing outside in hallway with 7 full exam rooms all waiting inpatient for him never saw this kind of respond
in New York, NY |
Waited over 1 an hr to see Dr. He apologized for wait, but then took a call. I am a 17 year survivor. Had head and neck radiation. Need to be followed as a result. Once he saw I didn't currently hv cancer he couldn't be bothered with me. I asked him if he wld examine my ears. He said he had patients who had Cancer. I am a 2 time Cancer Survivor. I get everything re: having cancer, being a survivor & LATE side effects. Dr. Urken was the worst Dr. Not thorough. Didn't even try to connect.
in Brooklyn, NY |
I've been to many doctors in my time for many different issues. Dr. Mark Urken is by far the most intelligent, skillful and I believe that he has a sixth sense that no other person I know possesses. I'm so privileged to have Dr. Urken in my life. He saved my life so far on two occasions and I'm forever grateful. Frank Brooklyn
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Dr. Urken accepts 20 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • CareSource
  • Community Health Choice
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus
    Medicare Advantage PPO
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Husky Health
  • inHealth
  • INTotal Health
  • Medicaid
  • Midwest Health Plan
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
    Freedom Plan
  • Peach State Health Plan
  • Simply Healthcare Plans
  • Staywell (Wellcare)
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
    Oxford Liberty
  • Wellcare of Georgia

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Hospitals where Dr. Urken has admitting privileges

Mount Sinai Beth Israel
1st Avenue at 16th street
New York, NY 10003
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Mount Sinai Hospital
1 Gustave L Levy Pl
New York, NY 10029
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